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Foods + drinks I always have in the house

Or at least I try to…

Sometimes I run out sooner than I expect.

But more often than not, you can find these foods & drinks in our house at all time, regardless of my food cravings or “food swings” ( LOL )

I’m VERY moody when it comes to food.

I get really into something and I’ll eat it day after day, meal after meal, and then, eventually, I’ll need a break so I won’t buy it for awhile.

I go through phases.

But THESE are my staples.

Most of these foods are nutrient dense, versatile and easy to enjoy.

They’re available & affordable year round, and stay fresh for a pretty long time—or they’re versatile enough that’s it’s easy to use them into different meals and recipes within their expiration date.

This list definitely helps me with grocery shopping & creating a healthy kitchen, so I’m hoping it helps you guys too! ( You can repin it here for convenience )

Okay, let’s dive in!

Perrier / Pellegrino

I’m OBSESSED with sparkling natural mineral water—& I like to drink it from a champagne flute as you might have heard ( LOL )

Personally, I prefer Perrier because it has larger bubbles, but I’m more than happy sipping either.

Also, there’s something super refreshing about having sparking natural mineral water at night or in the middle of the night when I wake up, which happens more often than I’d like, haha.

P.S. If you’re looking for a soda replacement, definitely try Perrier. It’ll make it easier to break the habit.

Coffee pods

Right now I’m obsessed with Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend—it’s a dark roast.

I have it every morning & I legit go to bed excited to wake up and have my coffee, through a stainless steel straw, of course ; ) It helps me avoid stains on my teeth & keeps my teeth white.

Coffee is also my favorite “pre-workout”. I have so much more energy when I workout after having coffee, than when I workout without it.

&… It keeps things regular.

You know you love coffee for that reason too, be honest.

Coconut creamer

All credits go to Arrash’s sister, Michelle, on this one!

Michelle ( Meesh ) introduced us to So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer and it is so, so good!! Definitely a big reason why I look forward to my morning coffee, and why I prefer having coffee at home.

I stick with Original to avoid “natural flavors”.

I avoid them because “natural flavors” can refer to so many different things & I’d rather take out the mystery when it comes to food ingredients.

Tea

Okay, so, lately I’ve been starting my day with coffee & ending it with tea—usually peppermint tea. There’s something therapeutic about it, for me—and it helps me wind down for bed. It kind of signals my body and brain that it’s had dinner & it’s done eating… Which keeps me from binging / constantly snacking before bed.

Sometimes I’ll have a cup or two during the day too.

Very Persian of me, right? My parents sip Persian tea all day & night.

Peppermint tea is non-caffeinated so I feel good about having it at night. Plus, it’s delicious.

I drink my tea from a stainless steel straw. Gotta keep those teeth white ; )

Coconut water

I use coconut water in homemade juices & smoothies so I try to buy this in bulk too.

I’ve also been drinking it straight since from the bottle ( LOL ) since I started drinking Harmless Harvest—it’s SO good, and naturally sweet ( & pink ), so you can treat it like dessert ; )

Though it’ll never replace chocolate… Scroll down, dark chocolate is on this list, too.

I feel like Harmless Harvest is the closest you can get to fresh coconut water from a bottle.

A fresh coconut on the beach is pretty damn good, too. It’s the BEST.

I also love coconut water because it provides potassium.

Eggs

I’m a big fan of eggs because they’re versatile, easy to cook and full of protein.

I’m very particular about my eggs. I buy Vital Farms pasture-raised organic eggs from Whole Foods because they’re organic and have one of the most humane practices I’ve seen when it comes to hens and eggs.

How I use them:

I like to make hard boil eggs a couple times a week and keep them in the fridge to have with my morning coffee and / or to eat as a snack during the day.

I also love a quick omelet with spinach and sometimes, mushrooms + onions.

I’ll eat the omelet on it’s own or I’ll add it to toast to make an open-faced sandwich… Quick lunch idea you can fall back on! You’ve seen me make this on Snapchat if you’re following along : ) ( add me—username: joyfetti )

Cuties

I eat these like chips. Really.

They’re so good, plus, they’re in season during the winter when most of the fruits I’m obsessed with ( like berries ) are not. So, I’ve been eating a lot of these, which doesn’t help with my tooth sensitivity, but it’s worth it, with semi-moderation.

Also, I’ll usually put them out in an Anthropologie bowl during dinner parties so people can snack on something healthy if they want.

Another Persian move… We always have fruit on the table.

Bananas

What is a smoothie without a banana?

Really though…

I tried to make a smoothie without a banana once ( because I ran out—GAH! ) and it was NOT good. It was gross.

I know you can make a smoothie taste good without a banana ( Google told me ), but for now, I’m happy plopping a banana into my smoothies at all times. YUM! Plus, bananas provide potassium and magnesium.

I also like topping them with peanut butter & cinnamon for a quick treat, or putting them on toast.

& I also eat them on their own…

And I feel like that quote “never make eye contact while eating a banana” was something I should’ve learned a long time ago. Whoops.

Same with lollipops…

I got weird looks when I was eating a lollipop in downtown Burlingame Avenue last month. Anyone else experience this?

Apples

Apples are a great staple. I use them in homemade juices, add them to salads, or slice them up and dip them in peanut or almond butter.

I also bite right into them —Adam & Eve style.

Apples are great when I need something sweet or crunchy, and they’re a good source of fiber and magnesium.

Lemons

Okay, lemons… I LOVE lemons! ( Oprah Winfrey Weight Watchers ad moment HAHA you know what I’m talking about? LOL, I LOVE her! )

I add lemons to soup ( usually bone broth ), homemade juices, fish, and a bunch of other recipes like this shrimp ceviche recipe I’m totally OBSESSED with!

I’m also planing to get back into drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning… Anyone else doing this right now?

Read about the health benefits here.

Spinach

Spinach is SO versatile and full of nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

I add it to omelets, pasta sauce, smoothies, homemade juices, yogurt ( after I cook the spinach ) and not surprisingly I use it as a base for salads, too.

Plus, you can freeze it if you buy too much, and can cook it / add it to the blender later, which is very convenient!

Frozen fruits

100% a staple! I buy these mostly for smoothies.

My favorites include strawberries, raspberries ( high in fiber ), blueberries, mango, pineapple, & peach. Berries are full of antioxidants and raspberries, in particular, are a good source of fiber.

Chia seeds

I add these to smoothies, my peanut butter, anything I can think of really… They have so many health benefits. They’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & they provide a modest amount of protein as well!

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for optimal health & wellness, and they’re also anti-inflammatory.

Ground flax seeds

I love these for smoothies & peanut butter.

I get ground flax seeds because it’s easier to absorb the nutrients when they’re grounded vs. whole.

Like chia seeds, they’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & provide a modest amount of protein.

Hemp seeds

I didn’t start eating hemp seeds until recently because compared to ground flax seeds and chia seeds they have more Omega-6 fatty acids ( which are pro-inflammatory ) than they do Omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s important to have a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in our diets.

A 1:1 ratio is ideal, but most people today are getting a 16:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 so it’s important to incorporate more Omega-3 rich foods in our diet.

This balance is really important for overall health.

BUT ( !!! ), I started eating hemp seeds because they have more protein than chia & flax seeds & they taste SO GOOD!

If you like nutty flavors, you’ll love hemp seeds! I especially love them in my smoothies for an added crunch & nutty flavor.

Nuts

Nuts are great to snack on & they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats.

I usually get raw, unsalted almonds ( which also provide calcium & magnesium ) & slivered almonds, and sometimes walnuts ( a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids ) and cashews.

I’m also a big fan of sunflower seeds though I try to limit them because they’re high in Omega-6 fatty acids.

I like snacking on them, adding them to smoothie bowls, and sometimes, salads and yogurt.

Nut butter

Pure nut butter, without the shitty ingredients…

Trader Joe’s and Justin’s are good options for delicious and healthy nut butters. I’m a big fan of peanut butter & almond butter.

I dip apple slices in it, spread it on toast, and sometimes have it straight from a spoon.

I know you do too ; )

Plus, the dogs love peanut butter!

Bone broth

My mom’s been making us bone broth for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite recipes of hers.

Being a chicken ( no pun intended ) and not wanting to making my own bone broth from scratch, I found some delicious store brands that aren’t full of junk and taste delicious with some added seasoning.

P.S. Seeing a pattern here? I always read ingredients.

My favorite brands right now are Epic Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth ( made with organic chicken ), which is shelf stable, & Bonafide Provisions Organic Chicken Bone Broth, which is frozen ( I just defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours )

I heat it up with pepper, pink himalayan salt & chili flakes, pour it in a mug & add fresh squeezed lemon—SO YUM!

Protein / nutrition bars

I love having protein or nutrition bars on hand for a quick snack ( or dessert, if we’re avoiding cake ; ) ) so I buy these in bulk too!

My favorites right now are Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Square Organics Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter.

What are your favorites? What should I try next?

Plant-based protein powders

I’m OBSESSED with Vega One—right now, we have the All-In-One Nutrition Shake in Natural and French Vanilla flavors, as well as the Vega Sport Performance Protein in Vanilla. I love that they’re protein based and taste amazing!

Dark chocolate chunks

So I have a sweet tooth…

I can limit my sugar intake and I’ve even gone months without dessert ( usually in preparation for a Vegas trip, LOL ) but I have low blood sugar so chocolate is basically my medicine ; )

I kid, kind of…

Sugar from fruits can help me from going dizzy when I’m low on sugar, but sometimes you just need some chocolate, you know? At least I do.

So I like to keep Whole Foods’ 365 Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks in the pantry. On a positive note, dark chocolate provides probiotics so it’s not only only good for your heart, it’s also good for your gut ; )

I add the chunks to my DIY goji berry trail mix and use them to make my chocolate covered almond haystacks—both of which I’ve made on Snapchat.

LMK if you want me to share these recipes on the blog?

& sometimes, I eat a few chunks from the bag : )

Dried fruit

If I need a quick treat… Something with natural sugar… I’ll reach for some dried fruit—usually dried apricot ( a good source of iron ), prunes or dried mango, without added sugar ( this is key! ) Fruit is naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add sugar. I also LOVE goji berries, which are a great source of antioxidants, and I’ll often add raisins ( & dried yogurt ) to my yogurt—raisins provide iron as well.

I always look for organic, unless it’s something with a think skin—like bananas & oranges.

Okay spill… What do you keep in your house at all times?

Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Boxes on Boxes on Boxes

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WE DID IT!!!

We just moved into our new apartment in San Jose. We’re surrounded by boxes and I couldn’t be more happy.

Today’s our first full day in our first home together & there’s something really special about that ( but I won’t get all sappy on you ; ) )

My goal is to unpack EVERYTHING ( Gah! It’s a LOT! ), so we can bring the dogs home tonight. HAPPY DANCE!

It’ll be the first time all 3 of our dogs are living together ( LOL this should be very interesting ) so I’m very excited about that. The Zoo is finally coming together! ( that’s what we call the three of them )

Since I’m pretty terrible at moving—like REALLY bad—I Googled “how to pack when moving” a week ago ( weird? ) and I found this awesome article in The Denver Post. It has some great tips & tricks.

I’ll share a full post on our move ( and the tips & tricks I’ve picked up ) soon, so stay tuned for that.

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In other news, I’m VERY excited to stock our fridge, and line up all our drinks ( LOL! ) A little OCD-action for ya… ; ) Of course, there’ll be a row of Health-Ade Kombucha ( YUM! ) & Perrier—we need to restock these ASAP.

Come hang out on Snapchat to see more of our move. UN: joyfetti

xx!

<3,
Bita

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What to Pack for Punta Cana

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HI GUYS!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. We BBQ’d a little & took Minty into the pool for the FIRST time ( exciting! )—there’s a short clip of her in the pool on her Instagram so if you missed it on Snapchatcheck it out.

I also put together this “what to pack for Punta Cana list.” I spent 5 days in DR a few weeks ago, and COMPLETELY overpacked ( x10 )…

There were 6 of us on the trip, and I was the only one who checked a bag. AND, I still carried more onto the plane than anyone else. It was THAT bad.

But… Now that I know what it’s like to spend a few days at a resort in DR, I’m sharing my tips with you.

ALSO, if you have general packing tips, please share! I need your help. LOL, THANK YOU!

Okay, here’s what to pack:

Bikinis ( lots of them )

You basically live in your bikini all day ( or at least we did ) so bring plenty. We’re off to a good start, aren’t we? HA! ; )

Baby doll dresses / strapless cover-ups

… To throw on top of your bikini. These are super easy and lightweight, which is perfect for DR. The weather’s really hot & you’ll be in your bikini most of the time, so stick with outfits that aren’t too fussy.

Maxi skirts & dresses

I love these for nighttime & dinner.

Crop tops

… To wear with your maxi skirt.  ( A maxi skirt + crop top is one of my favorite looks for spring / summer, in general! )

Flip flops

YES! So easy—slip them on and go. I recommend bringing one for the pool and another pair like these for nighttime.

Sunnies

Did I mention it’s hot there? ; ) Take your sunnies.

A mophie…

I never used a mophie ( much ) before this trip, but now I’m in love! Take one with you to keep your phone charged all day.

Dainty jewelry ( always )

Dainty jewelry is always a good idea. Plus it’s lightweight, which makes it easy to wear in the heat.

Sunscreen + beauty / skincare

Don’t go without sunscreen, OBVIOUSLY!

Other items I recommend…

+ aloe vera ⇢ I SLATHERED sunscreen on my face, multiple times, and still got a little burnt. Take aloe vera with you to soothe and heal any sunburns you might get. Fingers crossed you don’t need, but come prepared.
+ body oils & lotion ⇢ I took so many body oils & lotions, LOL. I LOVE this one body oil.
+ shampoo / conditioner / body wash ⇢ I forgot to bring these but I borrowed a friend’s on our last day & it was sooo nice to have while on our trip—the shampoo / conditioner / body wash there wasn’t that great, so if you’re particular about your hair products and body wash, bring them. Plus it was nice to have a familiar scent from home while on our trip. Weird? I thought it was nice! : ) 

I also sprayed myself with this toning mist all day, every day. Read more about it here.

Also, quick tip—if you’re packing a blowdryer / straightener / curling iron, consider leaving them at home. I brought all three ( surprise, surprise ), and I used my straightener ONCE, and I didn’t even touch my blowdryer or curling iron. You won’t need them.

Okay, have you been to DR? Anything we should add to the list? Let me know below.

Also, where are you going this summer… Any fun trips? Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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Stationery & Office Supplies to Spruce up Your Work Space!

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HI GUYS!

I’ve been fighting off a cough/cold the past few days—which meanssss ⇢ online shopping. LOL. Not a lot, but a little.

I restocked on these cutie Ban.Do Sweet Talk Pens ( which are on sale ) and got some new notepads. It really helped with my sore throat. ; )

So I figured it’s the perfect time to share my must-have items to spruce up your work space.

Since we spend 40+ hours a week there, it might as well look & smell cute. Don’t you think?

CUTE PENS

I LOVEEE cute pens because I’m always writing lists, tracking my BBG workouts & marking up my books—and it’s way more fun to do with a cute pen.

FUN NOTEPADS

I’m super obsessed with this tropical, getaway-esque notepad from Kate Spade. Doesn’t it just scream Instagram me?

STICKY NOTES

I always keep these handy. This one‘s especially great for love notes. *Wink Wink*

CUTE NOTEBOOKS

Notebooks are like chapsticks—& bikinis—I can never have too many.

PENCIL CUP

So you have easy access to your pens, of course! This also goes with the “everything should have a place” concept I’m working on.

BKR BOTTLE

I’m OBSESSED with my BKR bottles. I always have water handy because I get dehydrated easily. I keep a ( HUGE ) 1L size bottle on my desk at all times because it’s a constant reminder to drink up, and it sits so pretty on my desk—trust me, you’ll love it!

CANDLES

Because ambiance matters. This one is SO cute—the top is like a mini cacti. Very Insta-worthy!

BIG CALENDAR

I put pretty much everything in my iPhone because I need the alert notifications ( both of them, LOL ), BUT, I also use a huge wall calendar to remind myself of important dates, meetings, etc… It’s always in my face & super visible, which is why I love it.

CHAMP FLUTES ( LOL )

I bet you weren’t expecting this one! Champagne flutes are great for making yourself drink more water ( more on that here )—But you can also break ’em out for champ! Hard work should be celebrated.

COASTERS

Cute coasters are like fashion accessories for your desk—they help showcase your personal style, and keep your desk free from those yucky water rings. My favorites are these agate-like coasters ( I have them at home )—because they’re super cute, work great, & aren’t as pricey as similar options.


Did I miss anything? Snap me ( UN ⇢ JOYFETTI ) or comment below. I’m down for a little more online shopping. ; )

HAPPY WEEKEND!

<3,
Bita

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Spring Cleaning… A.K.A. Time to Get Organized!

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Kate Spade Black Dots Laundry BagAcrylic Cosmetic Organizer with Stackable Drawer | Chrome & Canvas 4-Section Laundry Sorter | Small Mirror Tray | Rosanna ‘Heart’ Trinket Dish | Hotel Collection Small / Medium / Large Glass Jars

HI GUYS!

If I ever needed an excuse to re-organize ( & get some new, really cute items to keep me organized ), this is it.

On Saturday my family & I celebrated Persian New Year ( Nowruz ), which always falls on the first day of Spring, and one of the many traditions in celebrating is cleaning your home.

I LOVE these products because they’re cute & practical. 

The Kate Spade Laundry Bag is perfect for storing dirty clothes you have to take to the dry cleaners, and the 4-Section Laundry Sorter is a REAL time saver because you don’t have to sort your laundry when it’s finally time to wash it.

I LOVE that!

If you haven’t already, check out my #1 tip for cleaning/organizing here.

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING! ; )

<3,
Bita

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My Favorite Cleaning / Organization Tip, Ever!

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If there’s one thing that’ll give me a headache quick, it’s a messy house. I know I’m not alone on this one…

Organization doesn’t come easy to me, so I’m always looking for tips & tricks on how to maintain a clean, organized living space, and this tip is by far the EASIEST, MOST SIMPLE, & MOST HELPFUL tip I’ve ever heard—and it’s SUPER basic.

But aren’t the best ones? ; ) 

Every item should have a home.

Easy right?

I feel like this is Cleaning/Organizing 101 but it’s one of these things everyone knows, but not everyone practices… You know what I mean?

I’m definitely guilty of this myself!

So when I notice something ( that I need to keep ) doesn’t have a home, I make a home for it.

In the short term, this helps me clean up my living space, but in the long term, it helps me keep it clean because it’s WAY EASIER for me to put things away when I already know where they belong.

Here are some other tips I love:

  • Clean a little each day.
  • Use a timer… If you know you’re cleaning for only 10 minutes it’s way easier to get started. If you clean for longer, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too—a little bit each day is all you need to maintain a clean, organized living space, and that’ll make the “big cleans” WAY easier.
  • Do a big clean every week ( scrub a dub dub! )
  • DONATE, DONATE, DONATE—I LOVE donating clothes, home accessories, etc…
  • Throw it away/recycle it—I’m kind of obsessed with getting rid of things… Like old papers. I LOVE ripping them up & recycling them. I get a high from doing it… LOL, anyone else? No? Silence? ; )
  • Light a candle, treat yourself to fresh, beautiful flowers, and put on some music—It’s SO much easier ( at least for me ) to tidy up while listening to good music & enjoying the smell of an awesome candle. PLUS, if you make your room a place you enjoy spending time in, you’re more likely to keep it clean.
  • Make your bed every morning. This one is great because not only does it make your room look instantly better, it also helps you stay out of bed ; ) AND it’s an easy win to start your day with.

What are your favorite tips? LMK below or on IG.

<3,
Bita

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